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UN committed to ending HIV/AIDS by 2030

Reporter: Liling Tan 丨 CCTV.com

06-11-2016 12:40 BJT

The United Nations has wrapped up a three-day high-level summit on ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. 193 member nations have made new commitments and pledges to speed up the fight.

Injecting new fervor into efforts to combat AIDS, world leaders at the UN-AIDS summit resolved to end the epidemic by 2030. Nations committed to a five-year strategy to ramp up access to life-saving medicines, reduce HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths, and end the stigma surrounding the disease.

The US pledged to create a 100-million dollar fund to boost access for medicines and services for the most vulnerable patients.

And there was more good news -- Armenia, Belarus and Thailand have eliminated mother-to-child transmission. Clinical trials on vaccines have been promising. And research into a cure hints at a possibility of a future free of the epidemic.

But rates of transmission have been spiking in eastern Europe and central Asia. Millions in west and central Africa still don't have access to life-saving anti-viral drugs.

And discrimination and myths still persist around the disease that has plagued the world for four decades, especially against key populations where the risks have been higher, men who have sex with men, intravenous drug users, and sex workers.

As governments and world agencies fight the good fight, activists say these groups must be protected to ensure no one is left behind.

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